Nov. 30, 2009
COUGAR VOLLEYBALL BACK IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Nebraska University Coliseum, Lincoln, Nebraska Seats 4,030 - 133 consecutive sellouts
First Round, December 4 4:30 p.m. CT Washington State (18-12) vs. No. 20 Northern Iowa (30-2) 7 p.m. CT No. 7 Nebraska (23-6) vs. Coastal Carolina (20-13)
Second Round, December 5 5 p.m. CT Winners of first round matches Second round winner advances to Omaha Regional (Dec. 11-12)
Tickets available through www.wsucougars.com or call 1-800-Go COUGS through 2 p.m. Dec. 1
The Washington State volleyball team is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament...Cougars' NCAA record is 9-9...2009 is first appearance under second-year WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo...first WSU bid since 2002...WSU is one of eight Pacific-10 Conference teams playing in the tournament - Stanford, Washington, UCLA, California, USC, Oregon, Arizona and Washington State...the Big 12 and the Big 10 Conferences each have six teams playing in the 2009 tournament.
PALILEO NAMED PAC-10 VOLLEYBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Andrew Palileo was named the conference coach of the year after guiding the Cougars to their first winning season since 2002, and garnering six league wins, the most since 2002...inherited a program that hadn't won more than three conference matches in a year for four consecutive seasons...mentored the Cougars to an 18-12 overall record and into the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament...only one of the 12 losses came to a team not ranked in the top 18 nationally.
PAC-10 HONORS FOUR COUGAR PLAYERS: Seniors Renee Bordelon (setter, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) and Cassie Robbins (middle blocker, Yakima, Wash.) were named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team...Oceana Bush (libero, Spokane, Wash.) was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and Rachel Todorovich (right side hitter, Walla Walla, Wash.) was named to the freshman honorable mention team.
COUGAR COACHING STAFF: Head Coach Andrew Palileo is in his second season at WSU after a highly successful tenure at South Dakota State...Palileo has a 28-31 overall record at WSU, and a 13-year career record of 267-172...associate head coach Brian Lamppa and assistant coach TeAna Tramel, both in their second years at WSU...Kara Kiefer is the coordinator of operations.
TUNE IN FOR COUGAR VOLLEYBALL ON RADIO: Cougar volleyball fans can listen to all the NCAA contests LIVE in the Palouse on KQQQ-AM radio (1150 on the AM dial) and in Spokane on 700-AM ESPN The Ticket...veteran area broadcaster Steve Grubbs is the voice of Cougar volleyball for the fifth season...these NCAA matches are also available for listening on the internet by purchasing a subscription through the Cougars All-Access button on the wsucougars.com website.
NCAA TOURNEY TIDBITS:
First time WSU has played in the NCAA Tournament since the 2002 Elite Eight season
In 2002, the Cindy Fredrick-coached WSU team defeated Northern Iowa 3-0 in the NCAA East Regional semi-final match in Gainesville, Florida
Coincidently, Fredrick's son, Ali Farkohmanesh, is now a senior starting guard on the Northern Iowa basketball team
Coach Palileo ended his highly successful seven-year coaching career at South Dakota State with the Jackrabbits' first trip to the NCAA Tournament, a 3-0 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln (Nov. 30, 2007)...Asst. Coach TeAna Tramel was also part of the SDSU staff then
Coach Palileo is familiar with the Northern Iowa volleyball program from playing the Panthers in spring tournaments and twice during the regular season while at So. Dakota State
WSU So. Annie Adams is from Minnesota and is familiar with several players in this part of the bracket from playing against them in club competition
Cougar freshman Conley Kipp is not the only member of her family playing in the NCAA Tournament...older sister Kasey is on the UC Santa Barbara volleyball team (22-7) playing St. Mary's (22-4) at Stanford Dec. 4
ABOUT THE NO. 20 NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS (30-2): UNI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa...Missouri Valley Conference champions (18-0)...15th NCAA appearance, fourth consecutive trip...NCAA record is 11-14...on 28-match win streak...5-8 So. setter Bre Payton (10.54 aps) MVC Player of Year...5-10 OH Amy Braun (2.61 kps, 3.00 dps) MVC Freshman of Year...other Panthers named to All-MVC first team 6-2 Sr. OH Shannon Aschoff (3.10 kps), 5-10 Jr. DS Ellie Blankenship (5.87 dps - 3rd-best in NCAA), 6-1 So. MB Michelle Burow (2.96 kps, .335)...6-2 Fr. MB Krista DeGeest named to all-frosh team (1.12 bps)...as a team, UNI's 14.90 kills per set is 4th-best in NCAA, and 13.68 assists per set is 9th-best in NCAA...Head Coach Bobbi Petersen (256-72/10 years) is a 1990 grad of UNI...named MVC Coach of Year for second time (2006)...SERIES RECORD: UNI leads 3-2 (WSU streak +2) for complete record see below.